A two-day workshop March 25-26, 2010
NYU Center for Religion and Media
Organizers: Angela Zito, Faye Ginsburg
NYU Kimmel Buliding, 50 Washington Square South, Room 405
Funding for this workshop was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs
Interaction with digital technologies expands the experience and reach of religious communities and their social networks across vast territorial space, generating new symbols and signifiers, and constituting new social networks. As the internet facilitates the swift spread of religious enthusiasms, knowledges and forms of practice across boundaries of nations, cultures and classes, it has also stretched and transformed the mediation of information about religious experiences and their politics in the public sphere. Reactions to such developments range from the suspicious to the celebratory as digital media also allow for new forms of transnational knowledge production and circulation. The Center for Religion and Media is using this workshop to help launch a multi-year project that will help us break new ground in understanding the implications of these distinct but interrelated changes for scholars, practitioners, activists and journalists. We ask:
- How is religious practice being transformed and challenged by digital technologies across national and cultural boundaries?
- How is knowledge about religion and its implications for international politics, diplomacy and human rights being transformed via online commentary/journalism?
Digital Religion Vimeo Links:
1: Digital challenges by and for religious life
Moderator: Faye Ginsburg (NYU CRM)
Roundtable on “Witnessing, reporting, and digital mediation of religious conflict: challenges for human rights”
Moderator: Julie Sulc (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Sam Gregory (Witness, Program Director) The ethics of ubiquitous witnessing: Human rights online and the contemporary opportunities and dilemmas
2: Religious Practice Digitally Transformed
Moderator: Erica Robles (NYU Media, Culture and Communication)
3: Writing on religion in an online world (10-15 min each, 45 min discussion)
Moderator: Brooke Kroeger (NYU, Journalism)
4: Gathering threads, Future agendas: reports from workshop commentators
Our report-back scholars, charged with listening during the conference, will start off our final round of discussion with concentrated commentary and feedback.
Moderator: Angela Zito (NYU, CRM)
Diane Winston (USC, Knight Professor of Journalism)